Board of Directors
Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Teaching
Divorce Coach, Mediation, Couples therapy, Parent Coaching
ANNE LUCAS spent 15 years in corporate management before earning her MA in Systems Counseling and entering private practice as a marriage and family therapist. Her work with couples in all stages of relationship as well as her organizational skills made Collaborative Law a perfect match. Over the years Anne's practice has grown to include mediation, parent coaching, therapy, teaching and training. She is the Director and owner of The Evergreen Clinic in Kirkland which consists of an independent group of therapists, psychologists and prescribers all practicing under one roof who provide mental health services to the Eastside. She has a therapy practice where she specializes in couple relationships – premarital, marital, divorce, remarriage and partnership. She works as a Divorce Coach in Collaborative Practice assisting couples in creating healthy divorce options and post-divorce relationships, a parent coach for post-divorce families and as a mediator helping resolve disputes with creative solutions. Anne is a co-founder of the Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group training attorneys, mental health and financial professionals in Collaborative Law locally and across the country. She has served on the Board of King County Collaborative Law as President, is the past president, current Board member of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington, a statewide organization and Board member for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Anne is adjunct faculty at Saybrook University teaching Master's level students.
Collaborative Divorce Coach, Collaborative Practice Trainer
As a Collaborative Divorce Coach I work as a neutral member of Collaborative Teams to help couples in the Collaborative divorce process to have a healthier divorce for themselves and their children. I believe that families don't belong in court. I work as a peacemaker to coach the parties to improve communication and co-parenting skills and help to manage the process of respectful resolution to conflict. If you are considering divorce or separation, consider the Collaborative process to avoid the adversarial approach. I also participate as a trainer with our local practice group to provide basic training in the Collaborative Process.
family lawyer and collaborative professional
Civil and Criminal
Kay is a Barrister in Admiralty Chambers. He studied law in City University of Hong Kong and was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2008.
Kay’s main areas of practice include criminal law, personal injuries, company and commercial disputes, public law and human rights, medical negligence, family law, land, probate and shipping law.
Kay is currently one of the two Vice Chairmen of the Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group, a member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association and the Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure of the Hong Kong Bar Association. He is also a trainer for advocacy courses conducted by the Hong Kong Bar and a part-time lecturer for the Department of Professional Legal Education of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong.
Collaborative Law, Family Law, Financial, Mediation
My family law experience spans over 20 years. My passion for finding out-of-court solutions for clients lead me to study towards a Master of Laws (Family Law Mediation) and I hold a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution Practice.
Subsequently, I began to practice in Collaborative Practice, after realising the additional and unique benefits it offers to separating couples at what is often a traumatic time of their lives.
The skills I gained in my mediation training have equipped me to work within the "interest based negotiation" model of Collaborative Practice - in particular working with clients to understand what is truly important to them as they move forward with their lives.
I am committed to Collaborative Practice and have been a member of the committees of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals for many years.
I regularly attended training sessions (both nationally and internationally) in an effort to further my knowledge and continue to develop my skills in assisting clients to work towards a positive outcome for their family.
At The Law Offices of Robert J. Merlin, P.A., we are dedicated to using our experience to make a positive difference in our clients' lives. Through client education, a focus on out-of-court settlements, and a passionate approach to our work, Robert J. Merlin and his associate and staff help guide families through the complex areas of family law and divorce.
Our practice is limited to family law, and we do not litigate any longer. We specialize in the Collaborative Process, mediation, direct negotiations and other methods to facilitate out-of-court settlements. We represent clients in dissolution of marriage matters, paternity matters, the preparation and negotiation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements and settlement agreements and we are available on a consultation basis to clients and other professionals.
Robert J. Merlin is experienced in Collaborative law, mediation and direct settlement negotiations. His firm no longer represents clients in contested litigation because very few cases should ever have to go to court and reasonable people should be able to resolve their differences without doing battle in a court. Bob would prefer to help his clients resolve their differences in a respectful and non-adversarial manner. Robert Merlin is a Florida Bar Board Certified Family Law Specialist, he is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, he has received numerous special trainings in the Collaborative Process and Peacemaking and he meets the IACP standards as a Collaborative trainer.
Divorce Coach, Child Specialist, and Mediation
I am a mental health professional working as a collaborative divorce coach to help families resolve their conflict in a respectful and dignified manner within the collaborative process.
Currently, I am serving on the Executive Committee on the IACP Board as President and a founding Board member on the New Jersey State Council for Collaborative Practice Groups. I am the past president of my local group, Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey, and I am serving on that Board as a Treasurer.
Real Estate Law
I am an experienced and compassionate attorney in Erie, Pennsylvania with over 40 years of experience under my belt. I am absolutely convinced that the collaborative process offers a far better solution for families in distress. I provide counsel and representation to individuals and families with regard to all aspects of divorce and family law. I truly believe this process is the best way for any couple to end their marriage and/or resolve any issues of custody and support. This process allows the couple to have full control over how their property is divided, and more importantly how their child(ren) will be raised.
I am also developing a civil collaborative practice law to assist people that are having disputes with family members regarding their employment, their business dealings or resolution of difficult estates.
The collaborative process affords privacy, respect and dignity, and most importantly allows you, the parties, to help frame these very important solutions for you and your family. I deeply believe in this process and endorse it. Further, it is faster, less expensive and provides a far better durable lasting solution than any litigated proceeding.
I'd be pleased and honored to offer my services should you wish to schedule a consultation.